The Players Championship

Starting tomorrow, some of the best golfers in the world will be teeing it up for the first major in 2020. Played at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, The Players is poised to grab the attention of the golf world. The field is strong and players are prepared for all the hype and pressure that is associated with what some consider the 5th major. It will be interesting to see who will rise to the top of the heap to claim the prize!

The odds makers have said their piece and picked their winner from the 144 man field. I am not sure exactly how they came up with the odds because depending on which odds maker you follow, the results are different. However, I am sure it was a little more scientific that gut feel.

In one poll, Rory McIlroy is the top pick to win this weekend. This is not a far stretch considering he is the world number one ranked player. Close on his heels in the odds is Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, and Patrick Cantlay. Of course there are many other top names in the field, but the odds makers believe these players have the best chance to win. I guess their thoughts are as good as any others. However, the poll I chosen to use is from PGATOUR power rankings. I figure their selections is something that most readers can support as the benchmark moving forward.

In the past, I have tried to select winners for the big five tournaments. I had mixed success, but it was fun pontificating on who would end up in the winners circle. At The Players this year I decided to try something different, I am randomly picking names from the field and will compare them to the odds makers to see how I do. I have decided to limit my comparison to the top 5 players for ease of math. The table is read from first to fifth, here it goes:

Odds MakersThe Grateful Golfers
Justin ThomasKevin Kisner
Rory McIlroyCharley Hoffman
Jon RahmPat Perez
Webb SimpsonAbraham Ancer
Patrick ReedFrancesco Molinari

As you can see, my team does not really stack up well against the odds makers. However, if one thing golf shows us is that on any given day, any player can win. My head and heart would not have picked my random players, but whose to say that this would be any better.

The Players is going to provide some exciting golf and I am looking forward to see some fantastic shots, great recoveries, and long unimaginable putts. It action is going to be worth watching.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

The Greatness of a Controlled Golf Swing

There are so many thoughts and ideas on what a great golf swing should look like, that I easily become overwhelmed by a deluge of information. As I sift through the murk and mire of data, I quickly realize that a controlled swing is really my ultimate goal to lowering my golf scores. I continue to work on my golf swing to ensure that that I understand all the aspects the golf swing so I can optimize it to my capabilities. And that is crux of the matter to produce greatness in a controlled golf swing.

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“It Does Not Matter What Club You Use”

If nothing else happens today, Rory McIlroy’s words of wisdom should be taken to heart by all amateurs. Rory is talking about the crazy long distances at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Mexico City cause by elevation. Regardless, his interview about knowing your club distances and trusting them is not profound, but a sound piece of advice. I fully support this comments and think every golfer should understand what that means. Take a look!

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The Farmer’s Open – A Prelude to a Major

The professional golf world is abuzz with talk about the return of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy for 2020. I have read numerous tweets and articles asking how well these two superstars will fare over the next 9 months. The focus is mostly on Tiger, but Rory is popping up here and there. Unfortunately, it is way to early to focus on their success because winning a golf tournament is really no big deal. And here is why!

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Play Golf With Better Players

As an amateur athlete in multiple sports, I always aspired to play my best. Of course that did not always happen, but for the most part I can look back and confidently say that I rarely left anything on the playing field. This desire was driven from an innate drive always want to improve. My golf game is no better and I enjoy seeking new and better methods to lower my golf score. Yesterday, I came across an interview by Rory McIlroy that struck home. And I think it is worth sharing.

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